Surrender an Animal
Giving up a Pet
Citizens for Animal Protection realizes how difficult it can be to give up a pet. That is why we try every resource at our disposal to place the animals that are brought to us. CAP's adoption rate is three times the national average and among the higest in the state. However, due to the pet overpopulation crisis, the sad reality is that not all animals find homes and some are euthanized. CAP is a "Managed Intake" Shelter which means that we do not euthanize animals to make room for more animals. If we have space for an animal we will take it and as long as the animal is healthy and has a good temperament, the animal will stay at CAP until adopted. We do euthanize animals that are suffering from injuries, contagious disease and aggression.
This section explains:
Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) provides a unique program to assist pet owners who need to find a new home for their animal(s) but do not want to turn their animal in to a shelter. The program is designed for people who can keep their dog or cat in their home during the week (until adopted) and place it up for adoption on the weekend, a time when most potential adopters visit the CAP shelter.
Weekend Sponsor Program Procedures
All animals must be evaluated and approved by CAP staff to enter the weekend sponsor program. Evaluations are done Monday-Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm and Thursday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm. No appointment is needed for evaluations.
Owners must bring all necessary paperwork pertaining to their animal(s) at the time of the evaluation (see requirements below). You will receive an Evaluation Check List for any vaccinations, procedures or health concerns that must be addressed prior to participation.
Once approved to be in the program, the owner can make a reservation to bring the animal for the weekend. You cannot make a reservation until your animal has been evaluated and approved for the program. CAP begins taking reservations for cage space each Monday at 11:00 am for the upcoming weekend. Reservations will not be accepted before that time and space is limited. You must call for a reservation each week that you want to bring an animal. Pets should arrive at 10:30 am on Saturday and must be picked up by 6pm on Sunday if not adopted. A $10 boarding fee per day will be charged for animals left over the allotted time.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I stay with my pet to meet potential adopters? We find that pets adjust better to the shelter if their owners are not around. Potential adopters may get a more accurate view of the pet if it is not distracted by you. It is very important to fully complete the Personality Profile so that potential adopters will have as much information as possible about your pet.
- Do I need to bring food? Crate? Litter box?All of these items are provided by CAP during your pet’s stay. Personal items may be misplaced so we prefer you do not bring them.
- What if the adoption doesn’t work out and my pet is returned?CAP will contact you should your pet be returned. At that point, you can choose to continue the program.
- Can my pet be turned down for the program? CAP reserves the right to refuse any animal acceptance to the program. This decision can be based on lack of medical requirements, existing health issues or temperament.
CAP's Low Cost Vaccination Clinic can provide these services at a minimum expense. (Does not include spay/neuter surgery). Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. No appointment necessary.
Weekend Sponsor Medical Requirements
All animals must be evaluated by CAP staff and have medical records verified before entering the program.
You will be given a Check List Form to complete if there are any vaccinations, procedures or health concerns that need to be addressed before final acceptance to the program.
Due to your animal being in a shelter environment, CAP does require strict enforcement of its vaccination and testing protocol.
CAP operates a Low Cost Vaccination Clinic every Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please ask for informational brochures about our clinic and low cost spay/neuter clinics.
Vaccinations must be current (vet records required). Puppies and kittens must be at least 8 weeks of age, weigh 2 lbs, have their first set of vaccinations and any required boosters in 3 week intervals. Adult dogs and cats will require a series of 2 vaccinations (FVRCP for cats & DA2PPV for dogs), the second being a 1year vaccination if the animal is 18 weeks or older. Any dog or cat that is under 18 weeks of age will require a booster every 21 days until 18 weeks of age. The Bordetella vaccination is required for all dogs and lasts for 6 months.
Rabies vaccination is required by Texas state law for all dogs and cats 4 months of age and older. A certificate is required to verify that the rabies vaccination is current. Only a veterinarian can administer the rabies vaccination.
Spay/Neuter: All dogs and cats that are 4 months of age or older must be spayed/neutered prior to participation in the program. The owner is fully responsible for this procedure.
Testing: All dogs over 5 months of age must be tested and show they are free of heartworms within the last 30 days.
Heartworm testing is required every 6 months. All dogs over 5 months of age must be on heartworm prevention. Owners are responsible for updating the shelter on the type of prevention and the date administered every month. Feline Leukemia (FeLV) testing is required for all cats 8 weeks of age and older. FeLV testing is done every 90 days or if there has been one test performed, followed by 2 FeLV vaccinations, the test and the vaccines are effective for 1 year. Having a FelV/FIV Combo test is optional.
Any questionable medical conditions that require further evaluation must be taken to your veterinarian.
Veterinary clearance on any notated health issues (hair loss, ear mites, heartworms, etc) made during the initial evaluation must be provided to CAP before the animal can be approved for the program.
Animals that do not have medical clearance will not be approved until the animal is deemed healthy by a veterinarian and has been reevaluated by CAP staff.
CAP has the right to refuse approval of any animal into the program for medical or temperament reasons.
Animals with temperament issues may not be able to participate in the program. An animal’s temperament may be assessed at any given time while the animal is on CAP property. Should an animal have a severe temperament issue while in our care, the sponsor will be notified and required to pick the animal up immediately.
CAP's intake opens at 10:00am six days a week and closes at 3:30pm. Intake is closed on Thursdays as CAP does not accept animals on Thursdays. CAP accepts animals on a first come - first served basis if we have available room. We do not make appointments or take reservations for intake. You are welcome to call to see what current availablity we have however, space changes constantly.
CAP is a "Managed Intake Shelter" and there may be days when we cannot accept animals as we do not have the space to humanely house and care for them. CAP strives not to euthanize healthy, adoptable animals to make room for more animals. Please refer to CAP's Euthanasia Policies at the bottom of this page.
The maximum number of adult animals we can accept per week, per household is two and this is subject to space availability.
Kittens must weigh at least 2 bls and puppies must be at least 8 weeks old to be surrendered. This is because they must be large enough to be spayed/neutered at time of adoption.
Upon arrival at CAP, it will be determined if your animal is a candidate for our adoption program. If the staff determines at intake that your pet is not a candidate for adoption you may:
* Take the animal back home with you.
* Staff can suggest other humane alternatives and agencies
* Staff can give information on CAP's Weekend Sponsor Program
* Leave the animal at the shelter to be humanly euthanized
CAP operates strictly on donations and the average cost to care for an animal is $200. We require a minimum $30 donation with your pet. To leave a large breed dog (over 50 lbs) we require a minimum of $50 donation. Puppies are $15 each with a maximum of $50 per litter (under 4 months of age) Kittens are $20 per animal.
If you have reached the decision to surrender your pet to CAP, please print out the appropriate personality form and bring with you. This form gives us valuable information which can help us find your pet a new home.
Citizens for Animal Protection completely supports that no healthy, adoptable animal should be euthanized. To this end, CAP's priority is to not euthanize any healthy, adoptable animal to make room for more animals. Adoptable animals do not have a preset time limit, however they must remain healthy, both physically and emotionally.
CAP will not allow any animal surrendered to us to suffer, nor will CAP risk the health or safety of our shelter animals by exposing then to contagious diseases or unsafe conditions.
Euthanasia is a decision that may be made to prevent suffering, to prevent the spread of disease to healthy animals or when an animal poses a threat to humans or other animals.
Euthanasia is performed by compassionate, experienced personnel and is a decision that is not taken lightly.
If space is not available for us to accept your animal(s) and humanely care for them, you will be provided with information about our Weekend Sponsor Program, in addition to other shelters and rescue services.
If you insist that CAP accept your animal(s) when we are full and, you are unwilling or unable to make other arrangements for them, you will be informed of our euthanasia policies.
CAP will, at all times, act in the best interest of each and every animal in our care.
Please be advised that CAP will not accept trapped feral (wild) cats for euthanasia. If you wish to trap a cat and are willing to have it neutered and return it to its original location, please contact our Feral Cats Assistance Program Coordinator. Learn more about Trap-Neuter-Return, a humane solution for feral cat colonies that prevents overpopulation and is free. If you have trapped a cat and do not want to neuter and return, you can surrender the cat to your local animal control facility but first you may want to read about preventing unwanted feral behavior with our Feral Cat Deterrence Techniques.